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First Time Visit to India

Duration : 19 Nights / 20 Days

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Jaipur - Agra - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Auranagabad - Delhi

Highlights of this Itinerary
  • Witness the Taj Mahal change colour with the light
  • Stroll the heady backstreets of Old Delhi
  • Discover the peaceful countryside of Rajasthan Cities
  • Experience the caves and lifestyle in Mumbai (Bollywood City)
Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar - Delhi
Day 1 : Arrive Delhi

Your Cultural India with Heritage Rajasthan tour starts with your arrival at Delhi international airport. You move to the hotel and relax.

Day 2 : Delhi Sightseeing

Delhi is the capital city of India as well as a sprawling metropolis with a blend of cultures of India. The second day of your cultural India tour involves Delhi sightseeing tour. In this tour, you will visit the Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi; the mighty Red Fort; and Jama Masjid acclaimed as India's largest mosque located in the old Delhi area. Red Fort is located near the bank of Yamuna river. Close by lies the Jama Masjid. Later in the day, you visit the New Delhi area and various fine colonial buildings that reflect the legacy left behind by the British. In New Delhi, you visit the Qutub Minar, India Gate, Sansad Bhawan (Parliament building) and the Rastrapathi Bhawan (the President's residence).

Day 3 : Delhi - Varanasi

In the morning of third day of your cultural India tour, you take the flight to Varanasi from the Delhi airport. After reaching Varanasi, you move to your hotel and relax. Then you drive to Sarnath that lies about 5 miles from Varanasi and is considered an important Buddhist center in India. During King Ashoka period, many stupas and pillars were constructed at this place. Here you get a chance to visit the Damekh Stupa, various pillars and the Archeological Museum. You return to Varanasi and enjoy the prayers at the Varanasi Ghats in the evening.

Day 4 : Varanasi

Varanasi, situated along the banks of holy river Ganga, is a one of the main religious and learning centers of Hindus. This place offers an out-of-this-world experience to every visitor. On fourth day of your cultural India tour, you move to Daswamedh Ghat to watch a unique sight of people cremating dead bodies of their relatives. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the boat. Later you get a chance to explore the streets along the banks of Ganga and watch people busy in doing their daily works. You also visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, and Banaras Hindu University campus on this day.

Varanasi
Ganga Aarti - Varanasi
Day 5 : Varanasi - Khajuraho

In the afternoon of day fifth day, you take flight to Khajuraho. This city lies in the northernmost region of Madhya Pradesh and is known for captivating temples with erotic paintings and sculptures. This city takes it name from Khajur (date palm) trees this are found in abundance here. The paintings carved on the temple walls include different moods of women. After reaching Khajuraho, you relax for some time in your hotel and then visit the eastern set of the Khajuraho temples.

Day 6 : Khajuraho - Jhansi - Agra

The sixth day of your cultural India tour starts with visit to western set of temples of Khajuraho. Then you drive to Orchha, a medieval city that was ruled by Bundela kings and today features various palaces, temples, and chattris. After sightseeing in Orchha, you board the train to Agra and after reaching, relax at your hotel room.

Day 7 : Agra

On day seven, you start for Agra sightseeing with legendry Taj Mahal. A white marble structure built in 17th century by Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal is an epitome of love. Later you visit the Agra Fort that dates from 1565 and was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The fort houses the Pearl Mosque that is a beautiful structure and a popular attraction.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal - Agra
Day 8 : Agra - Jaipur

Further on eighth day of your cultural India tour, you drive to Jaipur by road. On the way is located Fatehpur Sikri, a city that was established in late 16th century by Akbar and that served as the capital of the Mughal Empire. You explore the sites of the mosque, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Jodhabai Palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal in this city. After exploring the Fatehpur Sikri, you leave for Jaipur. Jaipur is a historical city and legendary land of Rajput princes. It is referred to as the 'Pink City' due to the distinctive colour of the buildings of the city. You reach Jaipur in late afternoon and relax. Then you go for a visit to Birla Temple in the evening that was built in 1985, and features ornate statues of goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayan.

Day 9 : Jaipur

The ninth day of your tour involves sightseeing of Jaipur. The attractions you visit include the Amber Fort Palace, a classic Rajasthani fort palace; the City Palace that houses Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the museum; Jantar Mantar, best preserved observatory of Rajasthan; and Hawa Mahal, the ornamental 'Palace of Winds'. You also enjoy shopping in the local markets famous for silver jewellery, pottery, silk saris, and other handicraft items.

Day 10 : Jaipur - Jodhpur

In the morning, you drive to Jodhpur and stop at Pushkar on the way. Later you reach Jodhpur and enjoy your overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 11 : Jodhpur

The imperial city of Jodhpur lies near Thar Desert that served as the capital of Mewar state. Your Jodhpur sightseeing tour starts with Mehrangarh Fort that features a number of palaces within its walls. You also visit the Jaswant Thada Memorial and the Bishnoi Villages. You return to hotel and relax.

Day 12 : Jodhpur - Udaipur

You drive to Udaipur on day twelve of your cultural tour to India. The journey takes around 6 hours. You halt at Ranakpur to explore some beautiful temples. Enjoy lunch at a village restaurant or at Fateh Bagh Palace. You reach Udaipur, check in the hotel and relax.

Day 13 : Udaipur

The thirteenth day of your cultural tour to India starts with sightseeing of Udaipur city. You visit the City Palace, the beautiful Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, Jagdish Temple, Folk Museum, Lake Pichola and Jag Mandir Palace.

Day 14 : Udaipur - Mumbai - Aurangabad

In the morning, you take the flight to Mumbai. You reach Mumbai and relax at your hotel room. You visit Film city in the afternoon to experience how Bollywood movies are made. In the evening, you take flight to Aurangabad, a city that lies in the Deccan plateau and boasts of a long artistic history.

Ajanta Ellora Caves
Ajanta Ellora Caves - Aurangabad
Day 15 : Aurangabad

The fifteenth day of your cultural tour to India starts with visit to Ajanta Caves nestled in the Sahyardi hills. Believed to date back to 2nd century BC, the carvings in these caves were done using simple tools. After exploring Ajanta caves, you visit Daulatabad Fort that dates from 12th century.

Day 16 -17 : Aurangabad - Mumbai

After having breakfast, you start for trip to Ellora Caves featuring numerous rock-hewn temples and monasteries. The main attraction here is the Kailas Temple (cave number 16). Then you visit Aurangabad caves located outside the city. The iconography of these caves are said to be very unique. You return to hotel, relax, have refreshment, and move to airport for flight to Mumbai. You enjoy your overnight stay at Mumbai.

Day 18 : Mumbai

You start your Mumbai sightseeing tour with Mumbai Fort featuring impressive buildings dating from British period. Other attractions you visit include: Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Flora Fountain / Hutama Chowk, Hanging Gardens, Victoria Terminus / Western Railway Station, Mumbai High court, Rajabai Clock tower, and Chowpatty Beach.

Day 19 : Mumbai

For the whole nineteenth day of your tour, you enjoy shopping at markets of Mumbai and exploration of the city.

Day 20 : Mumbai

On the last day of your cultural India tour, you either enjoy shopping in the markets or relax at the hotel. In the evening, you reach Mumbai airport to take flight for your country with sweet memories of India travel.